We do not dock tails as they are born with them, and we like the way they look. We also do not remove dewclaws. Dewclaws connect to your dog’s leg with their own nerve and blood supply, muscles and tendons.
Dewclaws attach to two major functioning tendons in your Mini Heeler’s lower legs. At one end, a tendon attaches to bone, at the other end it attaches to muscle. If you cut off the dewclaws you now have muscle attached to.…. nothing! Without the tendon, these major muscles no longer have any tension and will waste away from lack of use.
Dr. Christine Zink, a canine sports medicine consultant says, “Those muscles indicate that the dewclaws have a function. That function is to prevent torque on the leg. If a dog doesn’t have a dewclaw, the leg twists. A lifetime of that and the result can be carpal arthritis, or perhaps injuries to other joints, such as elbow, shoulder, and toes.”
Mini Heeler’s are very active dogs and do lots of running around, with quick turns and changes in direction. Their dewclaws will help stabilize their legs to minimize twisting, dewclaws help provide needed traction. Therefore, we leave them on our puppies in anticipation of an active lifestyle.
We support our owners throughout the life of their dog. Most importantly, we provide guidance to get their crucial early puppyhood period right, setting a strong foundation for a well-balanced, happy dog for you throughout its life.